Raheem Sterling’s Liverpool future has been a subject constantly speculated about since the England flier first rejected an improved £100,000-a-week deal to stay at Anfield.
Moves to Real Madrid, FC Bayern Munchen and Arsenal have all been mooted, with obscene amounts of money being forecast to change hands in order to force through the potential switch.
Enter Manchester City and their bottomless transfer budget, who today became the latest side linked with the Reds youngster.
The Citizens are prepared to offer as much as £50m for the 20-year-old, but making such a move is inadvisable if the previous weeks’ shenanigans are anything to go by.
His performance against Newcastle last time out highlighted the dangers in shelling out such a sum of money on the Jamaica-born star.
A fine opening goal demonstrated his unquestionable talent, then the spurning of a second-half sitter exemplified how far from the finished article he is.
Stern questions regarding Sterling’s ability to deliver an end product remain, while seven goals and as many assists from 30 Premier League appearances is hardly the kind of return that warrants taking such a sizeable financial hit.
Given Man City’s well-publicised struggles to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations, they’d need to sell around three of their current squad in order to avoid sanctions, while their ability to recruit further would be severely compromised.
Whether he would make Manuel Pellegrini’s current starting XI isn’t a certainty either.
He doesn’t’ have the class to dislodge David Silva from the flank or the finishing ability to take one of the two striking berths.
With the squads of the other three believed to be in the hunt even stronger than the Sky Blues’, he’d face even greater difficulty breaking into the first-team.
This alone is sufficient mitigation to ward off signing such an overpriced player.
Sterling’s recent off-field misdemeanours are also reason to steer clear.
Three tabloid appearances inside a week coming so soon after the infamous unauthorised interview he gave regarding his future is too conveniently timed to be considered coincidental.
As minor as his offences may have been, frequently misbehaving in such a way could be construed as a means of Sterling displaying his discontent at his current club as he looks to force an exit.
Antics of this kind should deter any outfit from spending big on the England man, as what’s to stop him repeating them when he fancies a move further down the line.